Pros And Cons Of Off The Grid Living

If you are looking to slow things down and return to a simpler way of life, be sure to weigh all the pros and cons before taking the plunge into autonomous living. Here are a few things to consider.

Now more than ever, off the grid living sounds like an enticing, alternative living option.

 Capturing rainwater, growing your own food, and powering your home with solar energy are just a few of the perks to having a fully self-sustaining lifestyle. 

Self-Sustaining Lifestyle

PROS:

People find great satisfaction and inner peace in living in a self-powered home where you have control over your own energy cycle and the cost of living.

Self-Sustaining Lifestyle

PROS:

Although the initial costs of installing a self-sustaining energy source may seem pricey, your ongoing costs will be minimal, and you’ll never receive another bill from your energy retailer. 

Long-Term Money Saving

PROS:

Land prices are also often cheaper for an off-grid living since they are usually found in rural areas.

Long-Term Money Saving

PROS:

Living off-grid lets you decide how you generate your energy and dispose of your waste. According to offgridenergy.com, “an off-grid solar system can run your entire home on clean energy while also making better use of your power. 

Environmentally Friendly

PROS:

...Many grid-connected households are wasteful with electricity, but a standalone system encourages you to place greater value on electricity – and make the best use of your own generation.”

Environmentally Friendly

PROS:

Getting started can be pricey. Purchasing and installing off-grid systems like PV arrays and water treatment equipment can be expensive. 

Upfront Costs

CONS:

Although in the long-run you will save money, be prepared for soaring upfront costs to get your off-grid lifestyle setup.

Upfront Costs

CONS:

The upkeep of your home and land can feel like a full-time job. From gardening, composting, and daily maintenance, you will find yourself constantly busy with home projects. If you are not the DIY type, off-grid living may not be the best option.

Labor Intensive

CONS:

 Living off the grid means you learn how to become entirely self-reliant and experience the many mental and physical healing properties that Mother Nature has to offer.

Are you bout that life?